Twentieth Century Studies
This degree offers specialist interdisciplinary study within one of the major areas of strength of the School of Humanities. It brings together modules taught by some of the leading scholars of economic, political, philosophical, historical, literary, cinema and gender developments in Britain and the rest of the world during the twentieth century.
Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK
Why study Twentieth Century Studies at Dundee?
This programme will allow you to construct a qualification from within the full diversity of specialisms taught in the School of Humanities, all focussed around the century of great change in the human condition. It is the ideal course if you are looking to create your own interdisciplinary masters.
You will work closely with an enthusiastic team of lecturers, and receive a high degree of individual supervision in an active research culture.
This course is a pathway on the MLitt in Humanities with Specialisation programme.
What's so good about Twentieth Century Studies at Dundee?
The School of Humanities at Dundee is a centre of research excellence. Postgraduate students join a vigorous research culture led by world-leading scholars.
The various disciplines within Humanities offer regular postgraduate forums, visiting speakers and postgraduate conferences.
Who should study this course?
This course is ideal for the return-to-study student who is looking for a breadth of learning, or perhaps is wishing to construct an interdisciplinary Masters (say, combining English with History, or Politics with Philosophy).
It can also provide advanced-level study for those determined on the Humanities but with perhaps no inclination at the start as to the specialisation being sought.
Teaching & Assessment
This course is taught by staff in the School of Humanities.
The course starts in September each year and lasts for 12 months on a full time basis or 24 months on a part time basis.
How you will be taught
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, as well as research essays and a dissertation. One-to-one supervision of a dissertation is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided and students with the opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).
What you will study
All our Humanities MLitt degrees have a common structure of 30 (2 x 15) credits of:
- Generic Skills
- Theory in the Humanities I
Plus two further modules in Theory and Research Methods Training, and a free choice of two modules from the full range of the School of Humanities. For the current list, visit the course website.
Students go on to undertake a dissertation.
All students must attempt the dissertation. Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
How you will be assessed
Assessment includes essays, skills tests, a presentation and a dissertation.
Students who take this course will gain a solid foundation from which they can proceed to doctoral research.
However, due to the non-vocational nature of a Humanities degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study. For these students this course provides them with an opportunity to further develop their written presentation skills, as well as the ability to work independently and plan independent research and study.
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Students will normally be expected to have a degree in History or related discipline, at first class or upper second.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 26 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
Fees and Funding
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of Humanities scholarships can be found on the School of Humanities scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
Apply online via UKPASS
You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Course ContactDr Christopher Storrs
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
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Telephone: +44 1382 385086 (from outside the UK)
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